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Old 07-11-2012, 01:30 AM   #1
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Question Do you have to install Gentoo with a multi-partition setup?

...or can you install it to a single partition successfully with the only exception being the /swap partition?
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I'm not aware of any reason why you would be forced to partition in any particular way. Even swap doesn't *have* to be it's own partition or even exist at all it's just the best way.
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Yes you can. I have 3 installations in one partition. You may want to research of the pros/cons on multi-partition installs and then decide what to do.
Old 07-13-2012, 12:45 PM   #4
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You don't need a swap partition, as noted above. You can either run without swap (I don't advice it, but others do, your choice), or create a loopback file, format it with mkswap and use it as swap space.
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It's not a bad idea to have /home / and swap partitions. Then you can reinstall if needed and not format /home, just use it again with all your settings and files. Don't worry about getting the sizes of the partitions absolutely right. You can resize them later with ext2online (can be used for ext3, ext4 as well). So I gave / 10gb, swap 512MB and /home all the remaining disk space. I can increase the size of / later if I ever need to.


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